Dec 5, 2013 5:00pm EST
, he could not stand the policies of president george w. bush, which he saw as imperialistic. that was a bit of a public- relations problem for the bush white house. the election of barack obama, the kind of change towards a multiracial society that he saw in south africa as well. it was not just south africa that nelson mandela was revolutionary. it was his moral stature around the world and the way that he used it that made a difference. was tremendous respect from leaders around the world for nelson mandela. next year. are coming ines from presidents of this country. george w. bush, "we join the people of south africa and around the world and celebrity the life of nelson mandela. he was one of the great forces for freedom and equality of our time. he left the world with dignity and grace and our world is better off because of his example," that from president george w. bush a short time ago. jonathan karl, certainly president obama made aware of the news, the loss this afternoon. have we heard anything yet from the president? >> the white house is well aware of this, something w
Dec 8, 2013 8:00am EST
will be there, along with former president george w. bush and mrs. bush. former president jimmy carter. and former president bill clinton and mrs. clinton are expected at the funeral next sunday. he will lie in state in the nation's capitol. next sunday, the state funeral in his hometown on the eastern cape. his long-time friend and lawyer, george bizos. >> he will go down in history, i think, as the revolutionary who didn't believe in violence. >> reporter: earlier today, we had our first public sighting of winnie mandela, his former wife and partner in the dark days of apartheid. tomorrow will be quiet. on tuesday, the gathering like the world has never seen before, as dignitaries from around the globe gather to say farewell. to nelson mandela. bianna? >> a week of mourning, reflection, and celebration. our thanks to you. >>> nelson mandela has a large and complicated family tree with over a dozen grandchildren. some of them opened up to reena ninan on a recent visit to south africa. she's here to tell us about it. good morning, reena. >> reporter: good morning to you, bianna.
Dec 8, 2013 10:00am EST
friend. >> reporter: mandela, as an ex-president, met with george w. bush in 2005. but there was no love lost there. mandela was one of bush's harshest critics when it came to iraq. when we talked to bush about the ailing mandela earlier this year, there were no hard feelings. >> he promoted freedom. he was a really great leader. he was smart and capable. and made his mark. >> reporter: obama only met mandela once. ever so briefly as a junior senator. but his connection may be the most profound. it was mandela, he says, who awakened him to the wider world. inspiring him to political activism. >> he gave me a sense of what human beings can do when guided by their hopes, not by their fears. >> reporter: in other words, there night not be a president obama if not for nelson mandela. for "this week." jonathan karl, abc news, washington. >>> and we're lucky now to be joined by four individuals who had unique working relationships with nelson mandela. bill keller. dr. gay mcdougall, who campaigned for his release from prison. stan greenberg, his pollster and strategist. and ambassador jen
Dec 6, 2013 4:00am EST
will never forget my friend, madi madiba. and on facebook, president george w. bush, president mandela was one of the forces for freedom and equality of our time. he bore his burdens with dignity and grace. and our world is better off because of his example. it's the type of worldwide experience that draws young and old, black and white, to share feelings. charlize theron. my thoughts and love go out to the mandela family. rest in peace, madiba. you will be missed. but your impact on this world will last forever. spike lee posted this picture with a simple message. and then, there's this one from nasa. intergalactic reaction from the space shuttle, posting a picture of mandela's beloved south africa. and the crowds continue to gather in front of mandela's home, perhaps the day's most poignant message from his own twitter account. death is something inevitable. when a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace. a virtual memorial on social media. electronic good-byes for the man who brought the world together. jim avila, abc
Dec 7, 2013 11:30pm EST
the late nelson mandela. president obama, former presidents george w. bush, and bill clinton will be among the dignitaries attending. the memorial service will be held tuesday in johannesburg. and ellis funeral is scheduled for next sunday. -- mandela's funeral is scheduled for next sunday. earlier today, the family issued a statement. >> the leader of our family is gone. in our hearts, and our souls, he will always be with us. >> the family says it is humbled by the messages they have received from governments and people all around the world. as the world remembers mandela, abc 7 news and wjla.com will have extensive coverage. leon harris and scott thuman are traveling to johannesburg. we will have live report starting monday on the newscast. detainedly american for weeks in north korea is back home tonight in the u.s. we will tell you what he said about his release. plus, why a charity race involving prince harry was suspended. batkid?mber that kid -- >> 72 years ago today, japan launched a surprise attack on pearl harbor. ceremonies were held to remember what president franklin d
Dec 6, 2013 6:30pm EST
the white house, president george w. bush and mrs. bush. >>> another former president is remembering mandela today. president bill clinton, who talked with the anchor of this week, george stephanopoulos. >> he once told me that he lived on hatred, when he went into prison. he said after 11 years he realized that they had taken about everything they could take from him except his mind and heart. he said, i realized that those are things you have to give away, and i decided not to give them away. >> mahatma gandhi, abe lincoln, george washington. he belongs in that group. >> he does. you know, in my lifetime, gandhi and mandela, in no small measure, because of their willingness to give up the comforts of ordinary life, they symbolize the world we'd all like to live in, if we could just be a little bigger, if we could be a little more like them. >> president clinton with george stephanopoulos, president clinton once asked mandela if he still hated his oppressors, mandela answered, nope, they had me 27 years in prison, if i hated them when i walked out the door, they would still have me.
Dec 7, 2013 7:00am EST
week, to pay respects, bringing along president and mrs. george w. bush. ♪ for three days, his body will lie in state in pretoria, the base of the south african government. there, the public will have an opportunity to view his casket. a week from sunday, he will be buried in his ancestral home in qunu. overnight, desmond tutu led a prayer service in capetown, calling for his countrymen to carry on mandela's legacy. >> let us reach out to one another. and let madiba's dream be our dream. >> reporter: the mood here far more celebratory than sad, as people make the choice to embrace by what was given, instead of being sad by what was lost. every day here in south africa, until mr. mandela is finally laid to rest. >> a man who changed the world. >>> our ron claiborne has covered nelson mandela extensively throughout the years. >> ron has had many experiences and memories. and is here with a personal take on the story. >> when you cover a story or a person, it requires professional detachment. we're supposed to stand back, observe and report. for nelson mandela, it was difficult for me
Dec 10, 2013 5:00pm EST
received a hero's welcome when he took the stage. bush,ent george w. clinton, carter, all the world leaders. 91 countries represented. when you have those people, it creates an interesting atmosphere and tension. it was a moment where president obama shook hands with fidel castro -- ronald castro. pictureite put up that saying it is a sign they are ready to ease u.s. aggression towards cuba. regardless, people from countries that sometimes conflict, china, afghanistan, iran. the theme was togetherness. stood for, mandela the ties that bind the human spirit. africa. a word in south [applause] i were they captured his greatest gift. recognition we all are bound together. [no audio] >> one other thing, security. the precautions they were taking with all of these dignitaries, we talked about this. we were struck by the absolute lack of any obvious security. anyone can walk into any time. no pat downs, no metal detectors. it was interesting to see so many people. nowere fortunate there were problems. >> we didn't see one person get a check. that part of the story is not over yet. things